The P-WW’s Editor discusses the plight of Iraq’s intellectual class at Al Jazeera English. This article is the first in a series for Al Jazeera about the decline of Iraq’s intelligentsia. READ THE… Read More
JOOST HILTERMANN – There is little that could prevent small local conflicts from escalating into an Arab-Kurdish battle, except a political desire for stability on both sides and a residual US mediating role.
AARON DAVID MILLER — Israel and Palestine are poised uneasily between a peace they cannot have and a confrontation they try to avoid.
ALEXANDER COOLEY — United States strategy in Central Asia was guided by the Afghanistan conflict. This singular focus may come back to bite American policymakers during the next decade.
THEO FARRELL — The Taliban are ready to negotiate. The US and NATO are the ones turning the cold shoulder.
GEORGE BISHARAT – A two-state solution would be damaging to Palestinian rights, and impossible to achieve.
BARBARA BODINE — The USS Cole tragedy illustrated Yemen as a country willing but often without the resources to aid in the American “War on Terror.”
MARCIN ANDRZEJ PIOTROWSKI – For Poland, like many European nations, Afghan policy will be put on hold until after the United States gets the White House in order.
SUMAYA BOUADI — It was a generational shift in thought that guaranteed a revolution long before Mohammad Bouaziz ever sold fruit on Tunisian streets.
STEN RYNNING — NATO earns a score of 6/10 for its cohesion, but only a 3/10 for strategic management. This assessment illuminates a stark contrast between the Alliance’s military successes and political disappointments.
ROSEMARY HOLLIS — The British experience in Iraq taught the UK about the region, and its place in Europe. Yet many leaders are not interested in learning any lessons.
STEPHEN STARR — Syria has its own silent majority, and it does not support the rebels or the regime.
ROBERT M. HATHAWAY — Pakistan and the United States have fostered a shallow alliance in Afghanistan. Leaders on both sides are troubled by its effects.
MICHAEL BAUER — Al Qaeda failed to establish its caliphate in Iraq. For European counterterrorist experts, that was never the point of the war.
GEOFFREY GARRETT — Australia has always followed the United States into tricky situations. Afghanistan is no different.
SHIRO WACHIRA – Is Iran barking up the wrong tree in Africa?
SAAD JAWAD – The 2003 invasion created a far more dangerous period for Iraqi intellectuals than under Saddam, and fractured Iraq’s political landscape.
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NOAH FELDMAN – Religion and democracy can coexist in the Middle East. Just look at Iraq and Tunisia.
COLIN KAHL – If Iran obtains nuclear weapons, it would destabilize the region. But it could also destabilize itself. And forget about it sharing those secrets with its proxies.
AMATZIA BARAM - Saddam learned his own lessons from Iraq’s political history, and his conclusions were not that illogical.
DAVID BETZ – When Information goes to war, the results might not be as unprecedented as one might think.
BRUCE JENTLESON – In the Middle East, unlike in Vegas, what happens in one country does not stay in that country.
F. GREGORY GAUSE III – How can the international community understand Saudi Arabian politics?
JOSEPH S. NYE – As leaders increasingly understand the character of power in international politics, the better their policy will become.
JENNIFER HEATH – It is impossible to put a single face on Afghanistan, despite the West’s best attempts.
EDWARD BURKE – It is important to remember that Russia’s involvement in Syria is based on Cold War memories.
MUJIB MASHAL – An Al Jazeera reporter paints a picture of Afghanistan.
STEPHEN BIDDLE – To achieve victory in Afghanistan, the United States and NATO will have to compromise without betraying their key goals.
NED PARKER – The war destroyed what little infrastructure Iraq had. And what’s worse, there is no precedent for building it again.
SIR LAWRENCE FREEDMAN – The British decision to invade Iraq was based less on whether the operation was justified and more on whether the UK should follow their American allies.
NOAM CHOMSKY – The West has its own agenda for the Arab Spring and the region.
DANIEL BYMAN – What institutions can be used to pressure the Syrian regime, and what should be done if those mechanisms fail?
CATHERINE LUTZ – “There is nothing more American, in many ways, unfortunately, than a place bristling with weapons and soldiers.”
MATTHEW KROENIG – Attacking Iran might be risky, but the alternative is far worse.
AARON DAVID MILLER – The problem with Mideast peace is that the conditions for it simply do not exist yet.
PETER D. FEAVER – Success in war is a complex, multifaceted subject that goes beyond the battlefield.
ZOE H. WOOL – In the unique social world of a military hospital, many veterans are “alone in common.”
RICK HALPERIN – “Pick a country and it becomes apparent that it has a whole host of problems.”
AARON HAHN TAPPER – It is impossible to separate religious determination from a people’s will, especially in democracy.
DAHR JAMAIL – Riding into Iraq at the back of a humanitarian aid convoy in 2003 to share the voices not often heard in war.